Entering today, the Syracuse Orange still needed to make up five games from their original schedule. With little time left in the regular season, there’s virtually no chance that all of Syracuse’s postponed games get played. One of those games has been rescheduled, and it’s another opportunity for Syracuse to pick up a resume-boosting win.
SCHEDULE UPDATE:— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) February 23, 2021
Our Dome game vs. Clemson has been rescheduled for March. 3 (5 PM, ACCN). pic.twitter.com/1mRwPtfPhh
Syracuse will play the Clemson Tigers on Wednesday, March 3 at the Carrier Dome. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET and will air on the ACC Network. The Orange were scheduled to play Clemson on January 12, but a positive COVID-19 test in the Tigers program postponed that game. Syracuse played at North Carolina instead on that date and lost 81-75 to the Tar Heels.
Fans are probably not excited to see Clemson back on the schedule given the recent meeting between these two teams earlier this month. The Tigers and their strong defense shut down the Orange on February 6 as Clemson won 78-61 in South Carolina. Joe Girard led the Orange in that game with 19 points.
Unfortunately for Syracuse, unless Clemson’s NET rating improves, the rescheduled game will be put into Quadrant 2. As Syracuse is the home team, visiting programs can only be up to 30 in the NET rankings to be considered a quadrant one opponent. Clemson is currently 39th in the NET rankings.
There will be a short turnaround for the Orange as they play two days earlier at the Dome against North Carolina on March 1, which was the original end of the regular season for Syracuse. With the ACC Tournament scheduled to start on March 8, there still is a gap for the Orange to reschedule one more postponed game. The other games that haven’t been made up are an away contest at Wake Forest, a home matchup against Florida State, and two games against Louisville.